Hey Fast Horse!
I am so excited to have the opportunity to share more about myself with you. Here you'll find a succinct look at the kinds of things that make me tick, some answers to the questions you proposed, & a few things that might make you laugh.
five things you should know about me
1. I work well with others.
2. I'm curious about a million different things.
3. I'm resourceful & like a good challenge.
4. I strive to be magnanimous, eloquent & humble in my daily life.
5. I've got a great sense of humor.
who inspires me
It's these things that are the heart of who I am & what gives me that buzzing feeling in my chest. It's how I make sense of the world & am able to live my life with wonder.
I developed an interest in photography/videography in high-school, but didn't fully grasp the gift it is until after I lived in Europe. It's one of the only ways that I am able to relive those moments, remember what it felt like to live so freely, & to recall the absurd stories that happened. When I came home, I found that I kept wanting to share moments & stories, so I dipped my toes into the waters of wedding photography. I've had the pleasure of photographing a dozen weddings since, & each one reminds me that in a chaotic & seemingly unloving world, there is still so much tenderness and hope.
I've always loved to write. As a little girl, I wrote stories about inchworms at the circus, & the time I broke the Moon. I've kept journals my entire adolescent & young adult life, which is one of my biggest treasures. There is so much we can forget now, with distractions like social media and the stress of life, that when I look back on my memories I am renewed & reminded by mistakes I've made & the lessons I've learned from them. A dream of mine is to be able to bend those lessons into stories that I can share with others.
I firmly believe that music & a cup of coffee (or wine) can cure most slumps. My life has been centered around music since I was 3 years old, when I started lessons in the violin. I picked up piano in high-school, & in the next few years I want to learn to play the cello. I have only my parents to thank for encouraging this musical spirit within me & although I haven't always utilized this gift, I have always been grateful for it. It fills my Spotify playlists, it follows me on my commute, & has brought about some pretty crazy dance parties.
Speaking of dancing, during my toddler years my parents put me into Irish dancing because I was incredibly hyper & needed to release that energy somehow. I continued Irish dancing for 13 years, resulting in amazing experiences & lessons in appreciating a challenge. I have a distinct memory of working tirelessly every night for hours in the studio with my dance mates in preparation for an upcoming performance. Our teacher, Cormac O'Shea, was relentless yet encouraging, & wouldn't take anything less than our best. When we finally performed the piece, I remember being so overwhelmed that I started to cry on stage from pure joy. All the hours of sweat, tears, and frustration gave way to 4 minutes of perfection. I learned the valuable lesson that hard work pays off in a huge, satisfying way.
the most daring thing i've ever done
There is a fine line between daring & stupid. Maybe this is both...terrified of heights, I jumped off a 50ft cliff into the clear blue water off the coast of Cinque Terre. It took me 20 minutes to finally do it. I was also stung by a jellyfish shortly after the video ended.
my heart is on fire for places i have never been
My sophomore year of college I traveled 9 countries with 5 best friends over 4 months. I also traveled to Haiti for a 13 day mission trip. These were some of the most formative experiences of my life. I have never been pushed out of my comfort zone (literally & figuratively) as I was during these trips. I was stretched & molded into a person game for anything (like sleeping on cold airport floors or living out of my backpack.) I had a taste of what the world has to offer & the beauty of people in it. I come back to these whenever I need an extra kick of inspiration.
goals for 2018
Use my film camera daily. Start writing my book. Work on hand-lettering. Find one way each week to get outside my comfort zone (even if it's just talking to the barista at Caribou about their day.)
Get the job at Fast Horse. ;)
This is what I would spend my last $1 on.
i am an enfp (a.k.a.) a campaigner.
- Getting dementia or alzheimer's and losing all my memories.
- Being impaled through the eyes or just anything horrible happening to the eyes.
- Not having sweet little children of my own.